Our friend Daniel Vaughn (@BBQsnob) has been named Barbecue Editor of Texas Monthly Magazine; his first day of work is April 15. (We expect Franklin’s brisket tallow to be smeared on his forehead in the “sign of the Q” at the anointment ceremony.)
The announcement caused quite a stir as it seems @BBQsnob may be the first full time barbecue editor in the country.
The appointment comes at a critical time. TM does a barbecue survey every five years ranking the top 50 barbecue joints in Texas, and the next ranking is due in the June issue. In past years, the rankings were established by lumping together scores from tasters all over the state. And the winning barbecue establishment was always within an hour or so of the magazine’s headquarters in Austin. When a tiny weekend-only place called Snow’s in Lexington won last time, the editors brought in barbecue authority Calvin Trillin to endorse their findings–he didn’t.
Vaughn, who lives in Dallas, promises to bring some credibility to the TM BBQ issue. He is a barbecue fanatic of long standing and his website Full Custom Gospel BBQ is already the gold standard when it comes to rankings and ratings of Texas BBQ joints. We applaud TM’s editors for finally getting serious about the subject.
We look forward to congratulating Daniel Vaughn in person at this weekend’s Houston BBQ Festival. See you there!